December 2010 Issue

Carbon footprints: How do apples fare?

By |December 1st, 2010|

This tree in a plastic wrapping is being used to collect and measure gases—oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. [...]

Mechanical thinner for green peaches

By |December 1st, 2010|

The Bin Bandit hauls bins during the harvest season, and a platform sits on it for use in thinning, [...]

Platform transforms orchard work

By |December 1st, 2010|

Tom DeMarree bought this Blosi platform and uses it for many tasks, including installing trellis wire.

Workers crimp stabilizer wires [...]

Maintain a hierarchy in tree framework

By |December 1st, 2010|

The framework of these 12-year-old Packham trees (2,082 trees per hectare) on mini-Tatura is simple and very productive (55 [...]

Eliminating LADDERS

By |December 1st, 2010|

Auvil Fruit Company, based in Orondo, Washington, has developed a picking platform with two objectives in mind: to keep [...]

Orchards designed for efficient harvest

By |December 1st, 2010|

Michael Zingler stands next to a planting of SweeTango in its third leaf and describes the reasoning behind the [...]

Same wine, softer tannins

By |December 1st, 2010|

Stems, leaves, seeds, shot berries, and other material end up in a dump truck to be later composted.

Chateau Ste. [...]

Farming THE SUN

By |December 1st, 2010|

Sol Orchard installed this one-megawatt solar panel project for California’s Victor Valley College.

Imagine a crop without worries of labor, [...]

REAP can benefit orchardists

By |December 1st, 2010|

Fruit growers have been less likely than other farmers to tap into funds available under the USDA Rural Energy [...]

Electric vehicle has power

By |December 1st, 2010|

Karen Lewis and Gwen Hoheisel (standing) demonstrate how an electric utility vehicle can be used for herbicide spraying with [...]